So…ramen. Some people are obsessed. Some people are like yeah, sure, I guess. That’s me. I am by no means a picky eater (except for when it comes to eggs, BLEGH), and I definitely enjoy ramen, but it’s not one of those foods that’s made me go, “Wow! I will remember this meal forever!” But there’s so much thought and art that goes into a single ramen bowl that I can appreciate, like making the noodles the perfect texture and the broth just the right flavor. Also, have you noticed how every ramen place tells you how to eat because normal folks need help appreciating the sophistication of it? See here. Or just watch the movie Tampopo. It’s hilarious and on Netflix so double win you lazy bums.
That being said, I am always willing to try a ramen place, waiting for that moment when I’ll have a ramen revelation and realize how life-changing it can be. Ippudo was one of the first ramen places I learned of in New York. I headed there with my mom, and we were instantly greeted by loud shouts in Japanese (kind of like how they yell at you when you enter Cici’s Pizza…except in Japanese). I have no idea what they were saying, but it added to the whole authentic vibe of the restaurant, which by the way has a great atmosphere and elegant decorations. Overall, a very cool space.
I went with the Akamaru modern ramen, which was described as “the original silky ‘Tonkotsu’ (pork) soup noodles topped with Ippudo’s secret ‘Umami Dama’ miso paste, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, and fragrant garlic oil.” Yum!
So the verdict? I definitely really really enjoyed it. All the ingredients worked incredibly well together (ugh I loved the pork chashu), and it was the best ramen I’ve had to date. But, alas…no ramen revelation yet. Let’s just chalk it up to a personal problem, because I ended up slurping up everything just like you’re supposed to.
And side note, I’ve heard that the major drawback to this place is how there’s always a lines and long wait. When I went, there was literally no one else in the restaurant, so that probably made my experience much more enjoyable.
65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003